A Man Without Words (Paperback)

By Susan Schaller, Oliver W. Sacks (Foreword by)
Usually Ships in 1-5 Days


For more than a quarter of a century, Ildefonso, a Mexican Indian, lived in total isolation, set apart from the rest of the world. He wasn't a political prisoner or a social recluse, he was simply born deaf and had never been taught even the most basic language. Susan Schaller, then a twenty-four-year-old graduate student, encountered him in a class for the deaf where she had been sent as an interpreter and where he sat isolated, since he knew no sign language. She found him obviously intelligent and sharply observant but unable to communicate, and she felt compelled to bring him to a comprehension of words. The book vividly conveys the challenge, the frustrations, and the exhilaration of opening the mind of a congenitally deaf person to the concept of language. This second edition includes a new chapter and afterword.

About the Author

Susan Schaller is a teacher of American Sign Language affiliated with the World Federation of the Deaf and the founder of In the Name of Deaf Adults (NaDA).Oliver Sacks is a physician, best-selling author and professor of neurology and psychiatry at Columbia University Medical Center. He has written ten books, including "The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat" and "Musicophilia: Tales of Music and the Brain".

Oliver Sacks is the author of "Awakenings, The Man Who Mistook His Wife for a Hat," and many other books, for which he has received numerous awards, including the Hawthornden Prize, a Polk Award, and a Guggenheim Fellowship. He is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Letters, and lives in New York City, where he is a practicing neurologist.
Product Details
ISBN: 9780520274914
ISBN-10: 0520274911
Publisher: University of California Press
Publication Date: August 2012
Pages: 218
Language: English